Welcome to the website of the Rotary Club of Royal Wootton Bassett Town. Please scroll/swipe down through this page to find out more about us, in addition to the pages linked in the menu, top-left
Charity Shop in Boroughfields until Friday 1 December
Our Charity Shop in Boroughfields (opposite Oxfam) will stay open until the High Street Lights evening on 1 December. Come and find a pre-Christmas bargain. Our 2018 Charity Calendars are also on sale in the shop.details
Santa's Sleigh Routes
Rotary Santa's Sleigh will be visiting children in Royal Wootton Bassett and surrounding villages from 5 to 21 December and will be in the High Street on 23 December. Times vary on different evenings and please remember routes can change or be cancelleddetails
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New Member Jan Foskett
November 21st 2017 was not only an evening to review our recent, fantastic Remembrance Ball and our current Charity Shop activity (see above) but also the opportunity to welcome Jan Foskett as the newest member of our Rotary Club. We hope you enjoy being part of our group and look forward to your participation in our activities. The photo below shows Jan with President Alan and there is no prize for guessing which is which.
2018 Charity Calendar Now Available!!
Here is a taster of the RWBTRC Charity Calendar for 2018. Click on the image at the top of the page for more photos of the launch. You can buy the calendars in Sainsbury's, Londis, The Post Office, Dandelion, and the RWB&DRC Charity Shop. Outlets coming soon are Rouse's, The Angel, The Cross Keys, The Wiltshire Golf Club, and The REME Shop at MoD Lyneham. If you see it, buy it - it's a limited issue production!!
"My Goal Is" Donates Gazebo to RWBTRC
Neil Ryder, Managing Director of "My Goal Is" is pictured handing over a gazebo that his Company has donated, to Tom Knibbs, RWBTRC President. The gazebo, with its 'Rotary' and 'Club' logos will be the centrepiece of all Club outside activities ranging from the REME 75th Anniversary at MoD Lyneham, to the Club's Charity Golf Day and the Christmas Lights Festival. Neil is also a Founder Member and Past President of the Rotary Club and is seen here with 2 other Founder Members; 3 Past Presidents and one 'Friend of Rotary'. RWBTRC would like to record its grateful thanks to Neil and his Company for this very generous donation.
We're Supporting "Brighter Futures"
Please help when you see the Brighter Futures logo
Welcome to the Website of the Rotary Club of Royal Wootton Bassett Town. We are a small but active group of ladies and men committed to changing people's lives through our fundraising activities in the local community. We have supported charities in our own community and as far afield as Africa, the Far East and the Caribbean. Alongside our charitable work, we aim to have fun and enjoy each other's company through an ongoing programme of meetings and events.
RWBTRC is proud of its connection with the Town which is situated towards the southern extreme of the Cotswolds and just north of the Marlborough Downs. Now a small market town, Royal Wootton Bassett was originally larger than its neighbour, Swindon but has become very well known around the world for the dignified respect that was given when the bodies of servicemen killed overseas were repatriated through nearby RAF Lyneham. As a result of these selfless and spontaneous acts of respect and remembrance, Her Majesty the Queen conferred the title of ‘Royal’ on the Town in October 2011 when HRH The Princess Royal handed the Letters Patent to the Mayor, Councillor Paul Heaphy. Although the repatriations moved to RAF Brize Norton following the closure of RAF Lyneham, the Town - and RWBTRC - maintains close contact with the new occupants of the Lyneham base - The Defence School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering - and the military in general. RWBTRC has been a proud supporter of Help for Heroes through the annual calendar project although, at the moment, all our efforts are focussed on Brighter Futures, the project to bring a radiotherapy capability to the Great Western Hospital (see above). More information on the Community and the Local Area may be found on the Town Council website.
The Club's annual activities have now become focused on 4 activities: a Charity Shop; a Golf Day; a Remembrance Ball and a Charity Calendar. The Charity Shop depends upon the availability of empty premises in the Town and a more permanent site would be welcomed, as it is a very popular 'fundraiser' for the Club's charities raising over £2000 in 2016 for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. If any of our readers knows of a suitable shop that we might use, please get in touch via the 'Contact Us' tab at the top of the page.
We have managed, each year, to secure the generous support of local businesses for the calendar so that the Limited Edition print run can been entirely funded by donations. This has meant that every penny raised has, and will, go to "worthy causes" and the sum raised from the 2016 calendar was divided between Help for Heroes, Brighter Futures, and the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Local businesses also help our cause by selling the calendars on our behalf. The summer event is the Golf Day, usually held in July and from which the proceeds have recently been channeled to Brighter Futures. In the days leading up to Christmas we take "Father Christmas" in his sleigh around the streets and neighbourhoods of Royal Wootton Bassett with a band of eager helpers and some joyful seasonal music. The wonderful folks of Royal Wootton Bassett regularly donate over £1500 to Rotary charities during the 3 week period.
In addition, we hold annual Street Collections for our Worldwide “End Polio Now” campaign and to raise money to support the victims of natural disasters such as the typhoon in the Philippinnes in November 2013; the generosity of the Townsfolk is always humbling in its selflessness. We also raise funds to send a local teenager each year on Rotary's own "Leadership Award" course.
But our efforts are not solely geared to fund raising, and we have a regular programme of Speaker Evenings and Fellowship Evenings as well as an entry to the District Quiz, District Skittles and - recently - District Boules competitions. Our motto is 'Service Above Self' but we try to make sure that every 'service' or fundraising activity is founded on a strong fellowship between the Members and their families. Recently we have enjoyed Dog-Racing Nights at Blunsdon Stadium, Curry Supper Evenings at the Ganges Restaurant and a Treasure Hunt. We also hold an annual Quiz Night, a Horse Racing Night and produce an entry for the Town's Carnival.
Reports of our past fun and fundraising activities appear on this page for about a month and are then filed under the major activity groups: International, Community and Youth - and Rotary's own charity - Foundation. These folders, photograph galleries and reports can be accessed through the menus at the top of the page.
An Invitation to You
The Royal Wootton Bassett Town Rotary Club (RWBTRC) welcomes visitors to its meetings on a Monday evening and is always seeking to increase the Club membership. Please visit our Meetings and Events pages to see what we do, or Contact us if you would like to send an e-mail to the Royal Wootton Bassett Town Rotary Club on any topic.
The direct access website address is www.wbtrc.org.uk and if you would like to visit the website of our 'Mother Club' - the Rotary Club of Royal Wootton Bassett and District (RWB&DRC) - which meets on a Wednesday lunchtime, please click here.
As a final reminder, there are two Rotary Clubs in Royal Wootton Bassett. This is the website of the Royal Wootton Bassett Town Rotary Club (RWBTRC) but the Events calendar sometimes includes events that are being organised by the Royal Wootton Bassett & District Rotary Club (RWB&DRC) ; you should go to their Website for more information on these activities.
Meetings and events happening soon
Tuesday 31st October 09.00 - 21.00 Friday 1st December
Charity Shop in Boroughfields until Friday 1 December
Our Charity Shop in Boroughfields (opposite Oxfam) will stay open until the High Street Lights evening on 1 December. Come and find a pre-Christmas bargain. Our 2018 Charity Calendars are also on sale in the shop.
Monday 27th November 19.30
Speaker Evening - MFH
Monday 4th December 19.00
Council if Required
Tuesday 5th December 18.00 - 13.00 Saturday 23rd December
Santa's Sleigh Routes
Rotary Santa's Sleigh will be visiting children in Royal Wootton Bassett and surrounding villages from 5 to 21 December and will be in the High Street on 23 December. Times vary on different evenings and please remember routes can change or be cancelled
Monday 11th December 19.30
Special General & Business Meeting - MFH
Monday 18th December 19.30
Christmas Dinner tbc
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Meetings & Venue
Where and when:
(for a 1945 start on the First and Third Monday only - for Second and Fourth Mondays contact Secretary)
The Marsh Farm Hotel, Wootton Bassett, Wilts SN4 8ER 01793 842800